Jul 12, 2009 10:24am
Re: Bohemian Grove protest -- A Call to Action -- July 11 & 12. 2009
I don't care that Billy and Mickey go, and have even posted before that I had the opportunity to go that I certainly would because it would be fascinating to rub shoulders with some of the participants. Also, I'd like to heckle Steve Miller during his set.
However, while everyone wants folks to "chill out" and
"get a life", perhaps they need to understand that what sets folks off about this and draws out the activists is that this is a place where it "appears" major policy international and domestic policy ideas get proposed and fleshed out among major political, corporate and media figures. I'm not saying it's more than rich guys getting drunk and pissing on redwoods, but the list of speakers and members published by the club makes it pretty clear these guys aren't just doing arts and crafts. And while I accept the argument that a relaxed setting where the world's elite discuss policy issues may actually allow them to come to more reasoned decisions and that familiarity among such people can ease negotiations and increase dialogue, I also accept the argument that these people are (perhaps) making decisions with far ranging implications and deep impacts on all of us without any public participation. Just food for thought. I understand these same guys rub shoulders at the G8, Davos, walking around the halls of powers, etc...
But don't take me too seriously - my office is next door to the CIA Director's son.
And if a Supreme Court justice nominee is forced to drop out of Belizean Grove, it does give you pause....http://www.isgp.eu/organisations/Bohemian_Grove_members_list.htm
Partial list of talks and speakers:
Friday, July 14: "GLOBAL FINANCIAL WARRIORS"
by John Taylor, Bohemian and Professor of Economics at Stanford
Monday, July 17: "UNTOLD TALES FROM THE COLD WAR"
Tom Reed, Bohemian & former Secretary of the Air Force
Tuesday, July 18: "ENERGY, CO2 and CLIMATE CHANGE
Lynn Orr, Director Global Climate & Energy Project, Stanford
Wednesday, July 19: "GULF COAST EROSION: CONSEQUENCES FOR AMERICA"
King Milling, Chm. Louisiana Governor's Coastal Restoration & Conservation Committee
Friday, July 21: "AMERICA IN A NEW WORLD" Fareed Zakaria, Editor: Newsweek
Tuesday, July 25: "ISLAND CONSERVATION WITH GUNS, TRAPS & POISON
Bernie Tershy, Research Biologist Institute of Marine Sciences, U.C. Santa Cruz
Wednesday, July 26: 'THE PARALLELISM & ULTIMATE CONVERGENCE OF SCIENCE
& RELIGION, Charles Townes, Bohemian & Scientist
Thursday, July 27: "GLOBAL URBANIZATION: A CHALLENGE FOR THE FUTURE",
Richard Koshalek, President, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
"THESE EUROPEANS: DO THEY UNDERSTAND US? OR ANYTHING?"
Andrew Knight, Bohemian and Editor
Friday, July 28: "LESSONS LEARNED FROM WAR, ASSASSINATION, THE WHITE
HOUSE & HOLLYWOOD", Jack Valenti, past president, Motion Picture Ass. Of America
Saturday, July 29: "FROM BATTLEFIELDS TO PLAYING FIELDS-ECONOMICS,
ENERGY & EDUCATION", Colin Powell, Bohemian & Soldier/Statesman
"AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM"--Chris Mathews, Bohemian Member & Television Journalist
VOUCHER WARS"--Clint Bolick Vice President of the Institute for Justice--Arizona Chapter
BE CREATIVE OR DIE: WHAT PEOPLE, COMPANIES & CITIES MUST DO TO FLOURISH"Richard Florida-Economics Prof.Carnegie Mellon
Wednesday, July 16 12:30 PM: "WAR IN A CLASSICAL CONTEXT" Victor Davis Hanson, California State University, Fresno
Thursday, July 17 12:30 PM:"ART VERSUS SCIENCE; INTUITION VERSUS INTELLECT CREATIVITY & THE ORDERLY ENTERPRISE" Robert Lutz, V.P. General Motors Corp.
Friday, July 18 12:30 PM:"THE VIEW FROM THE TABLE-& OTHER CONVERSATIONS" Charlie Rose, Television Journalist (so much for liberals!!)
Saturday, July 19 4:30 PM: "A CHANGED WORLD" George P. Shultz, formerly of Becktel, Secretary of State under Reagan & current Hoover Institute Fellow
Sunday, July 20 12:30 PM:"CLIMATE FORECAST-CONTINUED WARMING BUT WITH A BIG CHILL" Bob Gagosian, President, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Sunday, July 20 3:30 PM: "AT WAR-DRAMATIC READINGS OF STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES BY AMBROSE BIERCE"
Monday, July 21 12:30 PM: "THE SCOTTISH ENLIGHTENMENT'S IMPACT ON OUR COUNTRY'S FOUNDING" Robert Galvin, Ret. Chairman & CEO of Motorola Corp.
"9/11 DID THE TERRORISTS EXPECT THE WORLD TRADE TOWERS TO FALL?" Ian Mackinlay, Bohemian member & Architect
July 24 12:30 PM: "AMERICAN-RUSSIAN RELATIONS-IS THE HONEYMOON OVER?" Michael McFaul, Political Science Prof. Stanford Unv.
Friday, July 25 12:30 PM: "TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED" William Safire--Columnist
Saturday, July 26 10:30 AM: "THE QUEST FOR IMMORTALITY" Joseph Weiss M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, Unv. of California, San Diego
Saturday, July 26 12:30 PM: "TERMINAL THOUGHTS" William F. Buckley Jr., Bohemian member and Author (and long time elitist thinker)
FRED STARR (Policy Institute Chairman)
Topic: "Any Good News from Afghanastan & Central Asia?"
DANIEL KAMMEN (Prof. of Energy Unv. of Calif. Berkeley)
Topic: "The Coming Energy Transition"
RICHARD MULLER (Prof. Physics Unv. of Calif. Berkeley)
Topic: "Military Secrets of the Ocean, Atmosphere & UFOs
JAMES R. LILLEY, Former Ambassador to China & Korea
"China, Taiwan & the U.S. in the 21st Century"
MARTIN ANDERSON, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
"Status of Missile Defense"
JOHN MAJOR, Former Prime Minister of England
HENRY KISSINGER, Former Secretary of State in Reagan Administration
"Do We Need a Foreign Policy?"
DAVID BRODER, Author & Syndicated Columnist
"Direct Democracy--Curse or Blessing?"
"Africa--Are We Wasting Our Time?"
FRANK POPOFF, Chairman of the Board of DOW Corporation
WILLIAM PERRY, former Secretary of Defense
"Preventive Defense & American Security...21st Century"
LOU GERSTNER, Chairman & CEO of IBM Corporation
"The Networked World: Are We Ready For It?"
JAMES A. BAKER lll, Former Secretary of State in Reagan Administration
"The Imperative of American Leadership"
AMB. JAMES WOOLSEY, former CIA Director
"Rogues, Terrorists..:National Security in the Next Century"
"The Triumph of the Market & the Politics of Affluence"
ANTONIN SCALIA, Sitting Justice-U.S. Supreme Court
"CHURCH, STATE & THE CONSTITUTION"
GOV. PETE WILSON, Governor of California
"Keeping Faith With Leland Stanford"
DAVID M. KENNEDY, Author & U.S. History Professor
"Can the U.S. Still Afford to be a Nation of Immigrants?"
GEORGE P. SHULTZ, Bechtel Exec. & Secretary of State-Reagan administration
ROBERT NOVAK, Conservative Columnist
"Behind the Beltway-How the GOP is transforming Washington's Tribal Society"
ALEX J. MANDL (Executive V.P. AT&T)
Topic: "Communications & Weaving Spiders -- the Complex Web of Futuristic communications"
NEWT GINGRICH, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Topic Unknown (surprise speaker)
GEORGE BUSH SR., Former President of the U.S.A.
"Reflections: Past, Present and Future"
CASPAR W. WEINBERGER, Secretary of Defense--Reagan Administration
"The World and Mr. Clinton"
CHARLES W. HOSTLER
"Desert Storms Aftermath"
RICHARD NIXON, Past President of U.S.A.
GEN. VERNON WALTERS, involved in CIA coup in Chile
"Integration of the European Economic Community"
PRINCE BANDAR BIN SULTAN
"Middle East Peace Process"
JOHN LEHMAN, Secretary of the Navy in Reagan Administration
Topic: "Smart Weapons"
HELMUT SCHMIDT, Former Chancellor of Germany
"The Enormous Problems of the 21st Century"
ELLLIOT RICHARDSON, Secretary of Defense/Attorney General in Nixon Administration
"Defining a New World Order"
RICHARD CHENEY, Secretary of Defense in Bush Sr. Administration
"Major Defense Problems of the 21st Century"
GEORGE SHULTZ, Secretary of State in Reagan administration
Topic: "Agenda for America"
FRANK BORMAN (Astronaut)
"The Future of the U.S. in Manned Space Flight"
MICHEL ROCARD, Prime Minister of France
MALCOLM FORBES, Industrialist
"Who's On First?"
SIDNEY D. DRELL
Topic: "Arms Control and Star Wars"
WILLIAM H. WEBSTER, Director of the F.B.I.
"Spies and Terrorists: Confronting the Enemies Within"
ALEX HALEY, Author of Roots
"Why Am I Here?"
DAVID PACKARD, Co-founder of Hewlitt Packard
"A Presidential Commission"
EDMUND W. LITTLEFIELD (C.E.O. General Electric/Utah Mining)
"Enjoying the Corporate Climb"
A.W. CLAUSEN (C.E.O. Bank of America/President: World Bank)
"The Global Economy--Time to Get Out of the Woods"
FRED HENDERSON lll
Topic: "Commercial Opportunities in Space: the Next Decade"
ADM. ROBERT FOLEY
"World Naval Power"
MARVIN L. GOLDBERGER
Topic: "Space War-Fact vs. Fancy"
JOHN SWEARINGEN, Chair of the Bd. Standard Oil of Indiana
CASPER WEINBERGER, Secretary of Defense: Reagan Administration
"The Persian Gulf Crisis"
FRED HARTLEY, C.E.O. Union Oil
EDWARD TELLER, Scientist & Father of the H bomb
FERDINAND GRAF VON GALEN
"World Bank and International Monetary Systems"